Tour de France stage 20 Live - Wout van Aert sets fastest time as Vingegaard races for yellow

Tour de France stage 20 Live – Wout van Aert sets fastest time as Vingegaard races for yellow

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Wout van Aert, Vingegaard go one-two in stage 20 time trial of Tour de France

An equally content Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) on the podium at Rocamadour as he savours overcoming the last major obstacle prior to claiming his and his team’s first Tour de France victory in a little over 24 hours.

(Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

And here is a shot of a very contented stage 20 winner Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on the podium at Rocamadour, celebrating his ninth stage victory in the Tour de France.

JumboVisma teams Belgian rider Wout Van Aert celebrates his victory on the podium after winning the 20th stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 407 km individual time trial between LacapelleMarival and Rocamadour in southwestern France on July 23 2022 Photo by Thomas SAMSON AFP Photo by THOMAS SAMSONAFP via Getty Images

(Image credit: THOMAS SAMSON AFP via Getty Images)

And some words from Pogačar, now looking certain to finish second overall in the Tour.
“I’m happy it’s Paris tomorrow, I’m happy that it’s over and it’ll be nice to be on the Champs-Élysées. It’s been a good three weeks with its ups and downs, we had some bad luck in the team, but I think the battle between me and Jonas was really something special. It’s going to be an interesting couple of years ahead for us.”
“He’s stepped up from last year, he’s taken control of things from the beginning, he’s proved he’s a strong rider.”
Do you want revenge, the TV interviewer asks him? And Pogacar answers, “Of course I’m a little bit more motivated and I’m looking for more challenges.” And as for being once again the Tour’s Best Young Rider, Pogacar confirms that, “Having the white jersey is a special one, it’s the third year in the row for me and I’m very happy.” 

Some words from the stage winner, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma):

“I’m emotional, winning this Tour de France with this team is very special, and it’s like a dream scenario. Jonas is such a strong guy and specially a good guy, and I want to thank all my teammates, the whole team for this special three weeks.”

“I’m supertired after three weeks, and I gave it all today. I want to win races and take this stage. Also that Jonas could secure his yellow. He has such a big heart, he’s a special guy.”

“It was a very hard course, you had to keep something back for the last six kilometres. I measured my strength well and it was special coming up the last climb to this pretty village. So yes, it’s again a great day.”

In the overall classification, no changes in the top four, with Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) in the lead, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) at 3:34, Geraint Thomas (Ineos-Grenadiers) at 8:13 and David Gaudu (Groupama-FJD) at 13:56.
Beyond that, though, Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) has moved up to fifth, ousting Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) who drops to sixth. And a little further down, Romain Bardet (DSM) has moved up to seventh, while Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) drops two spots to eighth. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana-Qazaqstan) and Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) remain in ninth and tenth overall.

Van Aert’s win, let’s not forget, is his third in the Tour this year, and this is also Jumbo-Visma’s third in succession after Jonas Vingegaard’s win on Lourdes Hautacam on Thursday and Christophe Laporte at Cahors on Friday. Jumbo-Visma have netted no less than six stage wins so far in the 2022 Tour de France. And who would rule out a seventh on Sunday?

And here we have a photo of Vingegaard during the time trial en route to an almost certain first overall win in the Tour. 

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Van Aert gave Vingegaard a friendly slap on the shoulder as he pedalled by close to the line, the stage winner simultaneously celebrating both his own victory and Vingegaard’s imminent overall win.

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) wins stage 20 of the Tour de France, teammate Jonas Vingegaard retains the overall lead with one stage remaining.

Vingegaard takes the last few corners carefully, finishing second and Van Aert takes the stage win.

Pogacar crosses the line five seconds up on Thomas but  27 down on Van Aert. Only one rider can take away the win from Van Aert now.

Thomas crosses the line 31 seconds down on Van Aert. Those last climbs were seemingly critical in the outcome at least in terms of this particular duel for the stgae. 

And Vingegaard has just had a narrow squeak on a downhill, staying upright but fighting to control his bike on a shallow lefthander. 

Vingegaard is incidentally, tearing up the script that a yellow jersey with a cushion of three minutes overall rides defensively on the last time trial.

Two very nasty, draggy climbs in quick succession, the second leading to the finish, now will decide the final TT of the 2022 Tour de France.

At checkpoint 3, Vingegaard is only 1.3 seconds faster than Van Aert, meaning that although the Dane has the fastest time, the gaps are narrowing again. Thomas is also closing the gap, as he’s now only five seconds back on Vingegaard. Pogacar, though, has drifted to 22 seconds. With eight kilometres to go, the stage seems to be between Thomas, Van Aert and Vingegaard.

Pogacar is 20 seconds down on Van Aert at checkpoint 3, shedding another seven seconds on the Belgian compared to checkpoint 2.

Thomas flies through the third checkpoint with a disadvantage of just three seconds on Van Aert’s provisional best time. The Welshman is closing the gap, but Vingegaard and Pogacar are still to come through the checkpoint.

Thomas shoots past David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), fourth overall. But Thomas is not the only one of the top three overall riding to try to win this time trial.

It can’t be underlined strongly enough, though, that the second half has proved crucial in this time trial so far: that was where Ganna really made the biggest gains and where Van Aert then opened up the throttle the most strongly. A lot could yet happen, in other words.

Best time at checkpoint 2 for Vingegaard, 7 seconds faster than Van Aert, 13 seconds on Thomas and 20 on Pogačar. 

Thomas goes through checkpoint 2 just six seconds down on Van Aert.

All eyes are on the second checkpoint times at km 22, where Van Aert currently defends a 25 lead over Ganna. But with Pogacar, Vingegaard and Thomas all on the rampage out there, that could change very soon.

Vingegaard, let’s not forget, finished third in last year’s final TT behind Van Aert, as well as third in the first week TT as well.

And things are hotting up for the stage win as well: Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) has taken a 7 second advantage over Pogacar in the opening segment of the time trial and 8 seconds over Wout Van Aert. Meanwhile at the same checkpoint of km 10.5, Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) is only a second further adrift.

With the green jersey home and dry, attention now switches to Jumbo-Visma teammate and yellow jersey Jonas Vingegaard and his defence of the overall lead. Memories of Tadej Pogacar’s heist on yellow in 2020 are still fresh in the mind of the Dutch team, but for now the difference between the two on the stage is roughly one second, and Vingegaard has an advantage of 3:26 overall in his favour. 

So having clocked the fastest times at all the intermediate checkpoints, Van Aert now leads the provisional stage standings by 42 seconds over Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) and 1:22 over Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).

And the answer is a resounding yes. Van Aert crosses the line 41 seconds ahead of Ganna. New best time.

Wout van Aert grinds his way up the final, very draggy, little climb to the finish. Will Filippo Ganna’s longstanding provisional best time soon be beaten?

Bauke Mollema crosses the line 40 seconds down and in second place on Filippo Ganna’s provisional best time. All 138 riders have now started.

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), second overall, rolls down the start ramp. He’s the only starter today with two Tour de France TT stage wins in his palmares, one in 2020 (which netted him the entire Tour) and one in 2021 (which netted him a fair chunk of it).

A serious-looking Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) rolls down the ramps. Currently fifth overall, Quintana has Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) at 8 seconds behind and Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) at 35 seconds, meaning the battle for fifth is one of the big outstanding issues this TT will resolve.

Van Aert continues to blast his path towards a provisional best time for the stage, 23 seconds ahead of Ganna at checkpoint 3. It’s worth remembering though, that Ganna did an excellent final quarter of the TT with its two tough climbs, so the battle may not be quite decided yet.

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) continues to forget a very solid performance, even if he has now dropped away from Ganna’s times, and is 28 seconds down on the Italian at the third checkpoint (km 32.5)

Van Aert, meanwhile, thunders on and is about to overtake his two-minute man, Nicholas Schultz (BikeExchange-Jayco). 

Romain Bardet (DSM), eighth on GC, adjusts his helmet prior to taking the start of the day’s time trial. With an advantage of over four minutes on Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Qazaqstan) the French climber’s main task today will be to stay upright and out of trouble.

Kung finishes the course 1:13 down on Ganna. Not his day.

And Van Aert goes through the second checkpoint at km 22 a whopping 25 seconds faster than Ganna.

French TV shows the first images of yellow jersey Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) warming up on the rollers for the TV. Meanwhile there’s a rider in Jumbo-Visma kit and a green jersey already out on the  TT course who’s looking well en route to a top placing, if not the win, for the stage.

And here’s a picture of European Champ Stefan Kung during today’s TT

Team GroupamaFDJs Stefan Kung of Switzerland rides during the 20th stage of the 108th edition of the Tour de France cycling race a 30 km time trial between Libourne and SaintEmilion on July 17 2021 Photo by Philippe LOPEZ AFP Photo by PHILIPPE LOPEZAFP via Getty Images

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And a third party has now joined the battle for the stage win. Recently crowned Dutch TT champion Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) is currently racing the course in the same time, give or take a second, as Ganna.

Jumbo-Visma promised that Van Aert would go for today’s stage, and he has staked a serious claim from the word go, powering through the first checkpoint 14 seconds faster than Ganna.

Kung goes through the third checkpoint of stage 20 nearly 50 seconds down on Ganna, his hopes of a victory today all but gone.

At the second intermediate checkpoint at km 22, Küng has lost a little more time on Ganna and is now in third spot, 14 seconds down on Ganna and a second slower than Mattia Cattaneo (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl).

And seconds before Wout Van Aert rolls down the start ramp and begins his quest for a third stage win in this year’s Tour and the third in succession for Jumbo-Visma, double German road champ Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) crosses the finish line with a very decent time of 49:36, less than a minute down on Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers), and fourth in the provisional standings.

Compared to the start of the afternoon and when Caleb Ewan, the first rider off, rolled down the start line more than three hours ago, the temperatures, by the way, have now risen to a very tolerable 27 degrees celsius. Slightly stronger wind at the start, 11kmh tailwind, but nothing dramatic.

Küng is 5 seconds off Fred Wright’s best time at the first checkpoint at km 10.5 and 4 down on Ganna.

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), the winner of last year’s Tour de France stage 20 time trial, is off at 1616 local time. Last year’s time trial was 10 kilometres shorter and notably flatter, but given Van Aert’s all-round talents that won’t automatically be a problem for the Belgian.

And here’s the start list for the final hour of racing

109     Simone Velasco (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan Team         16:00:00
110     Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) Ineos Grenadiers      16:02:00
111     Andreas Leknessund (Nor) Team DSM        16:04:00
112     Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Movistar Team    16:06:00
113     Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team     16:08:00
114     Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-EasyPost         16:10:00
115     Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo         16:12:00
116     Nicholas Schultz (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco          16:14:00
117     Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma  16:16:00
118     Hugo Houle (Can) Israel-Premier Tech        16:18:00
119     Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team     16:20:00
120     Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates       16:22:00
121     Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Victorious          16:24:00
122     Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma       16:26:00
123     Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers     16:28:00
124     Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe          16:30:00
125     Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 16:32:00
126     Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  16:34:00
127     Neilson Powless (USA) EF Education-EasyPost      16:36:00
128     Bob Jungels (Lux) AG2R Citroen Team       16:38:00
129     Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ       16:40:00
130     Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 16:42:00
131     Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team     16:44:00
132     Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM      16:46:00
133     Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Bora-Hansgrohe     16:48:00
134     Louis Meintjes (RSA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux           16:50:00
135     Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkea-Samsic 16:52:00
136     David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ   16:54:00
137     Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers      16:56:00
138     Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates    16:58:00
139     Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma         17:00:00

Stefan Kung (Groupama-FDJ) starts his time trial. He’ll likely be one of Ganna’s biggest challengers today for the stage win, together with a certain Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).

After a strong start, Wright is fading slightly in the much lumpier middle section. A second faster than Ganna at checkpoint 1, the Bahrain Victorious racer has now gone through checkpoint 2 (km 22), 21 seconds down on the Italian.

Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) has just chipped a second off Ganna’s best time at the first checkpoint (km 10.5). Wright, let’s not forget, was in the thick of the late action on stage 19 in a three-rider late break before being swept up in the finale, but he’s clearly got some energy left for today, too.

And here’s an image of Filippo Ganna mid-way through today’s stage

ROCAMADOUR FRANCE JULY 23 Filippo Ganna of Italy and Team INEOS Grenadiers sprints during the 109th Tour de France 2022 Stage 20 a 407km individual time trial from LacapelleMarival to Rocamadour TDF2022 WorldTour on July 23 2022 in Rocamadour France Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

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And an interesting piece of data courtesy of our colleagues over at the Tour’s official website: at 40.7 kilometres this is the longest time trial in the Tour since the 54 kilometre time trial on stage 20 in 2014. That year (rather like this one), the overall lead was almost completely decided, with Vincenzo Nibali heading towards Italy’s first victory since Marco Pantani in 1998. There were some significant changes further down the GC, though, as Jean-Christophe Peraud ousted Thibaut Pinot from the third place, Tejay van Garderen pushed Romain Bardet down to sixth, and Laurens Ten Dam and Bauke Mollema slumped down a spot to ninth and tenth respectively.

This time round, barring major, major upsets the biggest  GC questionmark hangs around Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) and whether he can hang onto fifth place. We’ll know the answer a little over a couple of hours from now…

Ganna’s compatriot Cattaneo has paid a high price in the very lumpy second half of the time trial and slides to 43 seconds down on the Ineos Grenadiers rider. He’s still got second provisional best time, though.

Meantime we’re almost into the third hour of the time trial, and here are the start times from here to 1600 local time.
78       Silvan Dillier (Swi) Alpecin-Fenix   15:00:30
79       Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 15:02:00
80       Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies     15:03:30
81       Edvald Boasson-Hagen (Nor) TotalEnergies 15:05:00
82       Nils Politt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe      15:06:30
83       Fred Wright (GBr) Bahrain Victorious         15:08:00
84       Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Cofidis        15:10:00
85       Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team           15:12:00
86       Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 15:14:00
87       Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux           15:16:00
88       Maxime Bouet (Fra) Arkea-Samsic  15:18:00
89       Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers           15:20:00
90       Kévin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ 15:22:00
91       Kobe Goossens (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux           15:24:00
92       Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe      15:26:00
93       Georg Zimmermann (Ger) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux      15:28:00
94       Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-EasyPost 15:30:00
95       Simon Geschke (Ger) Cofidis 15:32:00
96       Lukasz Owsian (Pol) Arkea-Samsic 15:34:00
97       Joe Dombrowski (USA) Astana Qazaqstan Team    15:36:00
98       Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Cofidis    15:38:00
99       Tony Gallopin (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 15:40:00
100     Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team 15:42:00
101     Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Jumbo-Visma      15:44:00
102     Michael Storer (Aus) Groupama-FDJ 15:46:00
103     Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team DSM      15:48:00
104     Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ   15:50:00
105     Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers    15:52:00
106     Michael Woods (Can) Israel-Premier Tech  15:54:00
107     Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) B&B Hotels-KTM      15:56:00
108     Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team           15:58:00
109     Simone Velasco (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan Team         16:00:00

And Ganna has smashed Bjerg’s provisional best time at the finish by a whopping 1:41 seconds. The defending World TT champion has clocked a time of 48:41. 

He was playing down his chances prior to today’s time trial, but Ganna is a man on a mission today. In the much lumpier final third of the TT, which includes two nasty little drags in quick succession, by the third checkpoint Ganna has nearly doubled  his margin on compatriot  Cattaneo from 13  to 27 seconds.

Spare a thought for stage 1 winner Yves Lampaert (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) by the way. Victorious in the opening time trial in Copenhagen, Lampaert has completed this one 5:01 down on the current best time set by Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates).

At the second checkpoint in Grammat at km 22, Ganna continues to reign supreme in the provisional best times. But he’s now 13 seconds faster than fellow Italian Mattia Cattaneo (QuickStep-Alpha Vinyl), with Bjerg 36 seconds down.

Swiss time trial star Stefan Bisseger (EF Education-Easy Post) is not going to remember this year’s TTs in the Tour at all fondly. Having crashed twice in the opening race against the clock in Copenhagen, Bisseger has now just needed a bike change in this one.

Meanwhile Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) has just sliced 14 seconds off Mikkel Bjerg’s first intermediate time at kilometre 10.5. But it’s worth noting, too, that the second half has already seen some fast starters pay a price later on. The final has a grinding little uphill in the last kilometre that is going to be hard to manage over such a long time trial.

Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates) clocks the provisional best time at the finish in Rocamadour, a remarkable time of 50:22. That’s 2:31 faster than his closest pursuer, Christophe Juul Jensen (BikeExchange-Jayco), and 3:32 up on Van Rensburg. Big gaps.

Four riders have now made it to the finish, and the best time so far is Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Lotto-Soudal) with a time of 53:54, a full 63 seconds clear of his teammate Frederik Frison. Frison was 20 seconds up on Van Rensburg at the first checkpoint, by the way, so clearly Van Rensburg turned in a very strong rider in the second part of the course.

And here are the start times for the next hour. Worth noting that Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) is off at 1405 and he’ll be a serious challenger for the rider currently looking to set the best time, Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates).

39       Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo          14:02:00
40       Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 14:03:30
41       Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 14:05:00
42       Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 14:06:30
43       Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) Astana Qazaqstan Team           14:08:00
44       Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux      14:09:30
45       Owain Doull (GBr) EF Education-EasyPost 14:11:00
46       Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 14:12:30
47       Alexis Gougeard (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM    14:14:00
48       Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Education-EasyPost 14:15:30
49       Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team 14:17:00
50       Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 14:18:30
51       Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain Victorious      14:20:00
52       Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-EasyPost       14:21:30
53       Amaury Capiot (Bel) Arkea-Samsic 14:23:00
54       Marco Haller (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 14:24:30
55       Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis 14:26:00
56       Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Arkea-Samsic 14:27:30
57       Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 14:29:00
58       Cyril Barthe (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM           14:30:30
59       Michael Matthews (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco        14:32:00
60       Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel-Premier Tech    14:33:30
61       Guy Niv (Isr) Israel-Premier Tech    14:35:00
62       Matis Louvel (Fra) Arkea-Samsic     14:36:30
63       Christophe Laporte (Fra) Jumbo-Visma       14:38:00
64       Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious 14:39:30
65       Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Lotto Soudal  14:41:00
66       Connor Swift (GBr) Arkea-Samsic   14:42:30
67       Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix 14:44:00
68       Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) TotalEnergies     14:45:30
69       Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM        14:47:00
70       Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal    14:48:30
71       Stan Dewulf (Bel) AG2R Citroen Team       14:50:00
72       Quinn Simmons (USA) Trek-Segafredo       14:51:30
73       Franck Bonnamour (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM 14:53:00
74       Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team DSM   14:54:30
75       Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fra) Cofidis     14:56:00
76       Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo  14:57:30
77       Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ     14:59:00
78       Silvan Dillier (Swi) Alpecin-Fenix   15:00:30

At km 22 at Grammat, Berg once again clocks the best time, 1:35 ahead of second placed Christopher Juul Jensen (BikeExchange-Jayco)

Mikkel Berg (UAE Team Emirates) has clocked the best time in checkpoint 1 at km 10.5 in Aynac of 12:37, a full minute faster than Frison. Tadej Pogačar is, incidentally, following Berg from the co-pilot’s seat in the following team car, presumably to see how best to tackle the course ‘live’, a few hours hence.

And the Tour de France stage 1 time trial winner in Copenhagen, Yves Lampaert (QuickStep-Alpha Vinyl) has just started today’s race against the clock. If you’re interested in how he managed to do that just over three weeks ago, you can read our full report here:
Tour de France: Lampaert stuns favourites to take yellow jersey

Current best rider at the first intermediate checkpoint (Aynac km 10.5) is Frederik Frison (Lotto-Soudal), leading with a time of 13:14 over France’s Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies)  who’s two seconds behind.

News of a DNS: according to his team,  for family reasons Nathan van Hooydonck, a key support worker for Jumbo-Visma and Tour de France leader Jonas Vingegaard, will not be taking part in today’s time trial. Van Hooydonck was due to start today’s TT at 1400 local time.

Temperatures throughout are at somewhere between 22 and 23 degrees celsius, by the way, so nowhere near the oven-like heat that was previously blasting the Tour in much of its second and third weeks.

Stage 20, a fairly lengthy 40.7 kilometre TT,  has three intermediate checkpoints: at Aynac at km 10.5; at Grammat at km 22; and at Couzou at km 32.5.

Ewan is away. The course the Australian and the 138 riders left in the race  has no classified climbs, but it isn’t pancake flat, either. Rather we’re looking at rolling, mainly rural roads with some technical sections.

Ewan is rolling up to the start ramp, just a minute to go before stage 20 of the Tour de France is underway.

For an insightful preview of stage 20, have a look at Barry Ryan’s expert analysis at the link here: Tour de France 2022 stage 20 preview – Van Aert seeks to continue Jumbo-Visma dominance

Here are the results from yesterday’s stage 19, won by Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma) and the overall standings

The weather looks sunny and dry for the umpteenth day on the Tour this year and according to the Tour website,   a very gentle 4kmh northwesterly wind is blowing. So close to flat calm.

139 riders are left in the race, and the first down the start ramp in about 20 minutes (at 1305 local time) will be sprinter Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal). Ewan will likely be aiming to save his strength for Sunday, though, and what he hopes would be a repeat win on the Champs-Élysées.

Bonjour and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 20 of the 2022 Tour de France.

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